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Sustainable Homes and permaculture principles go hand in hand.   As many people are looking to sustainability and the environment for a more peaceful life,  Permaculture (permanent culture) principles simplify the creation of a sustainable home.  Many people are looking at specific parts of permaculture for their homestead or their urban home.



Living off of the grid to keep from losing their electricity during a storm or other outage is another aspect of a sustainable home.   A Sustainable home is what you make it.  Using permaculture principles makes that life easier to maintain once it is set up.

What are some of the permaculture principles?

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We are preparing the farm for winter.  In Colorado at 8,600 feet elevation, winter can come early and unexpectedly.  It is a COLD hard fact.  As we are preparing to move up to the farm in a 5th wheel trailer, it was time to keep the trailer ready for the snow, relentless wind to prevent the water tanks from freezing.

Permaculture Principles

40 Acre farm View to the west


As you can see, the farm is very open to the elements


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Permaculture Principles, Share the surplus or limit consumption?  The definition by some practitioners of permaculture state 3 principles, they are usually stated as Care for the Earth, the People and the Future.  But according to, some also express caring for the future as  sharing the surplus, limiting consumption or re-invest the surplus. You can find out more about their movie and their passion by going to their website,


The movie,  Permaculture: The Growing Edge is an antidote to environmental despair, a hopeful and practical look at a path to a viable, flourishing future.  The film introduces us to inspiring examples of projects, and includes a visit to David Holmgren’s own homestead, tracking deer with naturalist Jon Young, sheet mulching an inner-city garden with Hunters Point Family, transforming an intersection into a gathering place with City Repair and joining mycologist Paul Stamets as he cleans up an oil spill with mushrooms. We interview some of the key figures in the Permaculture movement, including David Holmgren, Penny Livingston-Stark, James Stark, Paul Stamets, Mark Lakeman, Dr. Elaine Ingham, Maddy Harland, and others.

Permaculture is a sustainable system of earth care that offers solutions to many of our grave environmental problems and a hopeful, proactive vision of change. The Permaculture movement, started by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the nineteen seventies, is now a worldwide network of skilled ecological designers, teachers, food growers, natural builders, environmental activists and visionaries. “Permaculture is the key to a post-carbon future,” says Maddy Harlan, editor of Permaculture Magazine.

 vew to the west

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There has been proven profound effects of farming on health.  Dr. Northern, Dr. Alexander Beddoe, and other experts have noted, it is easier to cure sick soils than it is to cure sick people. Did you know these very same people have stated that farming affects our health so profoundly that consuming quality crops will do more for your health than all of the health care practitioners combined?

I want to share with you an Article by Dr. Dwight Lundell, M.D. who speaks out on what really causes Heart disease.  Here is his article in its entirety.  I highly recommend that you read it!  Here is the direct link if the link above does not take you there:


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Waterline and reservoir in the ground, Finally!!!   As we shared before, we needed to bury the waterline at least eight (8) feet deep to keep the waterlines from freezing on the farm.  Good thing we had an old backhoe!!!   We had some challenges, but were able to just keep moving forward.

Here are a few pictures so that you can see the ditch, the hole for the tank and the tank in the hole!  We dug down about 10 feet deep, backfilled with clean sandy soil then placed the tank in the hole.  The water line and electrical are encased in 3″ PVC pipe for protection!

Reservoir Tank hole and water line ditch  9 feet deep

Reservoir Tank hole and water line ditch 9 feet deep



There’s the Hole!


Reservoir tank in the hole!

Planning for the Water Line and Reservoir in the Ground

The great part of this is the way in which it is being completed.  We have met some fantastic people along this journey so far.   There have been challenges along the way, but the solutions and fixes always come just when we need them.  Growing in an extreme environment takes planning, but we all must take action to get our dream accomplished.  Especially when we only want to dig this hole and the ditch once!

Our plan is as follows:

1. Dig the ditch right up to the well head, 10 feet down

2. Dig the ditch 200 feet to where the reservoir would be buried

3. Dig a big hole for the 1700 gallon reservoir to be placed and buried for protection from damage and freezing.

4. Smooth off the bottom and sides of the hole and place the tank in the hole.

5. Lay the waterline and electrical line in the ditch and connect everything up together.

6. Fill up the reservoir tank and make sure all of the backflow preventions were in place and work well.

7. Once everything works as it should and passes the testing, cover the pipe with sandy soil.  Then finish covering up the ditch and smooth off the top.


There is more to do as you can see from the ditch and the tank.  We are at step #4, and the well guy will be here this next week to verify the installation and finish the connections.  After all, it is 10 feet of digging if it is not right.  So if you have an expert in the area, it is well worth the peace of mind to have it double checked.


This is a short update on the farm water system.  It is great being up there!  I also wanted to share with you the “Welcome Home” bouquet we received, growing right next to the door of our small trailer.  I pressed the wrong button on my camera, so it is a 2 second video.  But the flowers were a nice suprise!  I am excited for my wife Heather to see them soon!


I hope that you are going to have a great labor day weekend here in the U.S., and I also wanted to share with you about one of the sales that Burpee is having:

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If you are ready for your fall gardening, it is always nice to save money.  We have been saving seeds already from our garden!

Today is a great day!


Turning Your Dreams into the Life of Your Dreams

Chris Downs, the Caretaker

Founder and Ambassador of Natural News and Sustainable Living on How to Live on

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 Organic Farming Benefits without money?

With no money, no land, no problem:  Building a dream in Zambia


Building  A Dream in Zambia

Building A Dream in Zambia


I want to introduce you to Jerry Kufuna who is building a dream in Zambia.  He is a leader in Zambia, as well as one of our community members here at HIS  Creating mini organic farms as well as larger scale farms, Jerry is well on his way to building his dream.   Jerry Lives in Zambia, and has a Passion for Agriculture.  Since we are all connected together, we wanted to share his story.  But We will let Jerry Share his Passion and Purpose!  Fr


Here is his story:



After being a Pastor and doing community work among poor people for more than 25 years, I discovered that the best way to empower our people is through Agriculture.

We just have to go back to the land! And Organic Farming is the way to go…especially when we use locally available material.

I discovered that Africans know what they need to develop their economy .We need to give them the tools to do that. And one of the tools is information or education. Relevant information!!  Something that works for Africa.

“I know of no pursuit in which more real service can be rendered to any country than by improving it`s agriculture”



My desire is to develop a Mini Farm Prototype, multiply that and spread it in all ten provinces of our nation and other nations through others. What I am doing is a launching pad or springboard to the rest of Africa.


Organic Farm Zambia

We need to grow(develop) so that we can help many more of our people. We are still a small project with lots of potential to reach our nation and Africa.

In order to do that we need Partners.

The Government of Zambia recognizes our Project. We are helping them do a few projects like Tree Planting.

Recently I was given an Award from the President of the Republic of Zambia for Tree Planting and Environmental Protection.

I am at the moment developing a base from where we can reach the nation.  It is a Demonstration farm plot, for the farmer.

Our farm is a place where the following is done on a smaller scale

We would like to develop all I mention below.


Discovering new ways of doing the old things. Information, fresh ideas etc.



Developing products from raw material. Manufacturing finished products. Promoting the cottage industry.


Reaching out to farmers where they live, with resources, information etc. Providing extension services.


Helping people (farmers) interpret and fulfill their dreams. Providing market ,information, financing etc.


Equipping the people for the task of rebuilding the nations through agriculture.


My dream is to prove to our people that agriculture is the way to go if we want a lot of things to change in Africa.

 Agriculture will answer a lot of questions Africans are asking eg.Hunger,Unemployment,Lack of Capital,Forex etc

Our project does the following(on a small scale)

1.Food security:it provides food security.

2.Jobs:it  creates employment for our people

3.Income:it gives us an income.

4.Raw material: it provides raw material for the cottage industry. Manufacturing industry.

5.Foreign exchange: it helps us develop foreign exchange to finance imports.

6.Purchasing power: it shall help develop purchasing power for the majority of our people.

7.Surplus capital: it gives us surplus capital to finance other areas of industry development etc.


At the moment we are using ten pieces of land that are 50×50 meters each. We need to grow(develop) that so that we can take the project to other places.

We also have other pieces of land……533 hectares in total. That will be for commercial farming so that they can support the project in the future.


Our people usually find it easier to imitate what they can see working. That is why the whole project is like one big classroom.

We have been working with a number of farmers in our area- promoting organic farming.

We raise goats, free-range chickens, vegetables, grain, herbs, spices and fruits.

All these are on a smaller-scale.

This year we are also planting about 20,000 tree seedlings for our tree-planting exercise in this town.


My dream is to see this project develop into something like a university.  Teaching others through hands on experience and learning-centered methods, a place where people learn by doing. It will be like a Long-Distance/Open University facility for the Farmer.


In order to develop we need the following:

  • Electricity.  We have no power on the plot.
  • Boreholes for water. Most of our farming is done during rainy season.
  • Drip Irrigation equipment
  • Roofing Sheets and timber to build Food Processing shelters
  • Greenhouse
  • Fencing for security. We need to protect the property…….fencing-off even our animals and chickens, etc
  • Goats. Our Goat population is only 8. We desire to grow our Goat project, so that we can give from it (like we do with Chickens).
  • Chickens. We need to develop our Chicken Bank. We give and sell from there.
  • Incubators. The ones we have are manual. We need automatic-turning Incubators.
  • Accommodation for students. That will be used to accommodate small numbers of students for short courses.
  • Classrooms and Administration Block
  • Accommodations for staff. We need to stay on the property.
  • Skilled man power. That could be volunteer or full-time.
  • Transport. Our car broke down more than two years ago.We need a van and a car.
  • Simple tools
  • Information

Our focus is to reach the young people as we reach the adults. Our concern is: What type of young people are we going to leave for this great continent?

We have already helped so many. Teaching all sorts of things: Food Production and Processing.

We also need to have this project self-sustaining after a few years.



We are dedicated to help others discover organic farming benefits, even on a budget.  One way to do this economically is by using food4wealth growing system  The link for you is and it is how we grow the small garden in a mobile home park.

By working together, we will be making a difference in the world by implementing organic farming practices.

We are going to start recommending more products that may help you create your farm.  A portion of the net profits will go to Jerry’s Zambia project, as well as other projects that you share with our community members also!

If you want to contact Jerry Directly with some help,  here is his email:   [email protected] Or you can leave a comment with questions or offers of help for Zambia at the end of this post.

We are all connected together in this world.   I am so excited to read Jerry’s story and look forward to seeing the Vision that God has given him come to fruition.


Turning Your Dreams into the Life of Your Dreams

Chris Downs, the Caretaker

Founder and Ambassador of Natural News and Sustainable Living on How to Live on